Ohi Day or Oxi Day (“Anniversary of the No”) is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and Greek communities around the world on October 28 of each year. Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by the Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum launched by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940, the Hellenic counter-attack against the invading Italian forces in the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian war, and Greek resistance during the Axis occupation.
“Today, in difficult conditions, in the midst of a pandemic and tensions in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, the epic of the 1940s is a model of solidarity, unity and national confidence,” said the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, immediately after laying a wreath on the hero of the 3rd Army Corps on the occasion of the national anniversary of “NO” and noted that “history teaches us that our homeland is stronger and overcomes all obstacles, once united “.
“The anniversary we are celebrating today is a source of pride for our nation.” The “NO” that the Greek people shouted in unison against the orphan fascist provocation is one of the most shocking moments in our history “, declared the President of the Republic and continued:
“A moment of patriotic upheaval and national self-confidence, a moment of transcendence. A small nation challenged the superiority of the Axis Powers that had already swept Europe, raised its stature, and repelled the fascist invasion. He sided with the right side of the story , defended freedom, justice, humanitarian values against the barbarism of fascism and the violence of Nazism, conquered fear, fought heroically in the most unfavorable conditions and won the admiration of the whole world.